Ducks wearing seasonal Santa hats bobbed their way down the River Lark to raise charity funds and win one lucky person a bumper start to Christmas on Sunday.
The first Christmas Quackers duck race saw 1,000 of the festive green plastic ducks battle it out to make it to the finishing line in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care, in Bury St Edmunds.
A good crowd of spectators flocked to Bury’s Abbey Gardens on the last day of the Christmas Fayre to watch the eye-catching 10-minute spectacle.
‘Amanda’, the winning duck, won its owner a hamper including a turkey, Brussells sprouts, trimmings for a slap-up Christmas dinner and a tree with lights.
Second-placed duck ‘Freddie’ won a £50 voucher and the third-placed duck, called ‘Pebbles’, won a £25 voucher.
Georgina Bissell, hospice community fund-raising manager, said: “The whole event went really well. It was a fantastic sight to see 1,000 green ducks in Christmas hats in the river.
“We had a great crowd there to cheer the ducks on and they cheered even louder when I fell over. But we hope to raise £2,000, so getting soaked was all for a good cause.”
The event was sponsored by Green Duck IT Support and Services, of Western Way, Bury.
“Thank you to Green Duck for making Christmas Quackers possible and for turning out to support it on the day,” said Georgina, adding that she hoped the race would become an annual event.